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Having visited Jane Austen's house in the last two posts, today we're walking through the village to the Great House mentioned in some of Jane's letters to her sister Cassandra. This is where their brother Edward lived and where they often visited.
Nowadays it is Chawton House Library which has been restored and is home to a collection of over 10,000 books by women writers from 1600-1830, many famous in their day but forgotten now. Students from all over the world use the resources and are permitted to leave their bookmarks in the books for future visits. I found it heart warming that there were so many bookmarks showing just how much these books are valued.
As well as being able to look round the house, which had an exhibition on Eliza Haywood - Naming, Shaming, Reclaiming: The 'incomparable' Eliza Haywood - there's a glorious garden, church and café to enjoy.